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Michaels EFL Taiwan. Any information?

 
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jyl2011



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 10:58 pm    Post subject: Michaels EFL Taiwan. Any information? Reply with quote

Hi.

I just saw the advertisement from a school called Michael's EFL in Taiwan. It looks quite good and the website is pretty nice too. I was wondering if anybody happens to have some personal experience with this school or knows some information about it. Thank you!
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rbos



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 6:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've applied in the past to Michael's EFL. In the interview process I talked with Michael (the owner of the school), and got the feeling that he is very much a micro-managing type of employer-which, if you're like me and don't like people being pushy or bossing you around a lot, would probably make your experience uncomfortable, or maybe even miserable.

I remember him saying that he thinks that most ESL schools in Taiwan don't emphasize having a rigorous enough curriculum to really teach students how to read, write, and speak English properly.

He also implied that he felt most ESL teachers in Taiwan are there for a vacation and to save up money to pay off college loans, and not dedicated enough to teaching. But honestly, the micro-managing personality (since he does in fact own the school) was one of the things that was worrisome to me the most. I would avoid the school if you can help it. But this is just my opinion.
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Nomad79



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I've only talked with him once and have never actually been to the school, but I didn't get that impression at all. Anything's possible, but what I got in speaking from him was that he just didn't want his school becoming a giant mercenary language chain and that he had seen good results from whatever his method is. And I should add that I'm very wary of schools like I alluded to, which seem to have a major presence in Asia.

(No, I'm not a plant. Seriously. I live in the US. )
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haopengyou



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nomad79 wrote:
Well I've only talked with him once and have never actually been to the school, but I didn't get that impression at all. Anything's possible, but what I got in speaking from him was that he just didn't want his school becoming a giant mercenary language chain and that he had seen good results from whatever his method is. And I should add that I'm very wary of schools like I alluded to, which seem to have a major presence in Asia.

(No, I'm not a plant. Seriously. I live in the US. )


Like he is going to admit that he's a plant Laughing
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djm153



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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2015 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rbos wrote:
I've applied in the past to Michael's EFL. In the interview process I talked with Michael (the owner of the school), and got the feeling that he is very much a micro-managing type of employer-which, if you're like me and don't like people being pushy or bossing you around a lot, would probably make your experience uncomfortable, or maybe even miserable.

I remember him saying that he thinks that most ESL schools in Taiwan don't emphasize having a rigorous enough curriculum to really teach students how to read, write, and speak English properly.

He also implied that he felt most ESL teachers in Taiwan are there for a vacation and to save up money to pay off college loans, and not dedicated enough to teaching. But honestly, the micro-managing personality (since he does in fact own the school) was one of the things that was worrisome to me the most. I would avoid the school if you can help it. But this is just my opinion.


This is spot-on. I don't know of anyone who renewed their contract. One teacher disappeared after 8 months. I never got the full story. The system of materials is a disaster. Around 50% of the lesson planning time is simply figuring out what pages and materials you need to teach.

Anything not explicitly written in the contract is just thin air, he also purposely wrote the contract vaguely so he can interpret it in different ways to suit himself.

The following questions will have him hanging up the phone on you:

Will the "paid training" be guaranteed in the contract?
Will I ever be required to stay at the school to plan lessons after I have finished teaching for the day?

I lived in the school apartment. Your bedroom wall literally forms the border to a middle school campus. You won't be needing an alarm clock if you stay there.

The city of Hsinchu is also very boring. I would have chosen Taipei if I could do it over again.
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